Self Catering Ski Chalets – What to Expect

Catered ski chalets used to be the norm, but now more and more people are opting for more flexibility in their ski holiday with self catered options. Self catering ski chalets are a great option if you like to go out to eat and want to try a few different restaurants throughout the week. Or on the contrary, if you have a big group and think it’d be more economical to cook family dinners. They’re also perfect if you’d like a mix of the two. Or if you’re just someone who doesn’t want to interact with anyone first thing in the morning and would prefer your own space.

If you’ve always done catered chalets, or haven’t done either and aren’t sure which to choose, here’s what you can expect from a self catered chalet.

All of the same pre-arrival services

The booking process and all the services we offer before you arrive in resort are exactly the same as when you book a catered chalet. We’re on hand from the first enquiry through booking, to preparing and arriving in resort. We’ll help make it as smooth and as stress-free as possible. We can also organise your lift passes, ski hire, ski school and book restaurants for you.

In resort, we’ll be on hand in case you need any assistance – so you aren’t totally left on your own!

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A high-quality, cosy chalet

Gone are the days of tiny, budget apartments being the only self-catered options. Now, you can find cosy self catering ski chalet options that really feel like home away from home.

Our Chalet Dahu is situated right on the piste so you can ski-in and ski-out. It has a large open plan living and dining room centered around a log fire, and with six bedrooms, your whole group can join for the week. You can finish off the day sitting on the terrace that overlooks the La Tania pistes and enjoy a glass of rosé in the sun.

What’s included

Although food is not included with your package, here’s what we at Ski Dazzle do include:

  • Hot tub
  • Ski-in ski-out location
  • WiFi, bluetooth speaker & UK Freesat TV
  • Linen, bath towels & robes
  • Boot warmer
  • Log fire
  • Parking

We also provide a welcome hamper with the essentials to get you started when you arrive. And if you’re looking for a few more extras, we offer the following services to make your stay a little bit easier.

You can opt for daily bread delivery service that includes baguettes, croissants and pain au chocolates. We can also offer wine, beer and soft drinks delivery at a very reasonable price – which is convenient when you don’t have a vehicle. We also have a raclette evening on Tuesday nights. Opt for a traditional Savoie dinner that you can prepare yourself in your own chalet. We deliver the machine and all the ingredients needed.

Why book self catered?

At the end of the day it all comes down to personal preference. Whereas some people prefer not having to think about meals and having a chef prepare them all for you, others like the flexibility to eat what and when they like. Stay late at the Folie Douce one afternoon. Cook dinner early if everyone is starving. Or just head out to a restaurant. You can do what you wish in a self catered chalet, with no schedule to adhere to.

Self catering sound like it’s for you? Check out Chalet Dahu’s availability for the rest of the season and get you next ski trip booked in.

Courchevel Piste Map – Best runs in resort

Find the most up-to date Courchevel Piste Map for 2020 below. You can also download it here and save to your phone.

Courchevel Piste Map 2020

We also recommend you download the 3 Valleys App, this will show you which lifts are open on any given day when you’re in resort. It also gives a 3-day forecast, updates on piste grooming and webcam access. Perfect for when you’re in resort on your holiday.

Now that you’ve got your piste map on hand, you might need some recommendations of where to ski. We’ve rounded up our favourite spots to ski in Courchevel for all levels.

Best pistes for beginners – green runs

Aside from the number of magic carpet beginner areas around resort, there are plenty of green runs for once you’ve graduated from those. Here are some nice, gentle green runs in Courchevel that are a great next step.

  • Loze Est – From the top of Coqs chairlift (also accessible by taking Dou Des Lanches) this nice green winds its way down to Courchevel 1850, and gets the morning sun.
  • Plan Fontaine – Although pretty long and windy, this green run from the top of La Tania back down into resort is perfect for giving your ski legs a challenge.
  • Verdons – Situated right in the centre of 1850, this run (aptly) runs from the top of Verdons bubble down to the Croisette. It’s wide and slightly rolling – perfect for practicing your turns.

 

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Best pistes for intermediates – blue runs

As with all grades of piste, there is a range within each colour. Some blues are more difficult than others, but here are some of our favourites.

  • Folyeres – On our home turf in La Tania, everyone loves Folyeres. Although at parts it seems like more of a red than a blue, it’s undulating and a nice long run right back down into resort. You’ll likely take this one daily!
  • Creux – From the very top of the Saulire – where you can catch some stunning views & a few snapshots – runs the long blue run Creux. It tends to get bumpy later in the day, so we recommend hitting this one early. You can ski down to the mid-station of Marmottes chair, or all the way down to Aiguille de Fruit for a nice, long run.
  • Cospillot – A lesser-known run, tucked away at the bottom of Pralong chair is Cospillot, a quiet run through the trees that hardly gets any traffic. It winds its way down to 1550 and is perfect when you want to escape the crowds.

Best pistes for advanced – red & black runs

For those looking for more challenging runs, Courchevel does not disappoint.

  • Marmottes – This run always has great snow. A long with a steep, but not too steep of a gradient, this is great run that catches the sun for most of the day. Access it from the top of Suisse, Vizelle or Saulire Express.
  • Chapelets – Over on the far side of 1650, Chapelets is a great red run to challenge yourself.
  • Jean Blanc – Another semi-hidden gem. From the top of Plantrey chair, this black run sits between La Tania and Le Praz and has really steep challenging bits. It also is one of the last pistes to get groomed so after it’s snowed you can often find fresh powder here.

Best off-piste areas

For those who want to venture off-piste we highly recommend you do so only with an instructor or a local guide who knows the area. And be sure you have all the safety equipment required. There is no messing around when it comes to safety off-piste. But that being said you can get some amazing runs in around the resort.

  • Creux Noir – At the top of Creux Noir chair is loads of accessible off-piste area. The chair is closed for this winter due to renovations, but next year, put this one on your list.
  • La Tania & Le Praz Trees – When it’s snowing & the weather is in, take full advantage of the clarity that the trees provide. You can lap this area 10x over and always take a different route.
  • Courchevel Couloirs – Very famous, as they should be, you can ski a variety of the couloirs at the very top of Courchevel. A bit of a hike is required to access them. And we have to admit sometimes the hike is more difficult than the ski. But if the snow’s good, it’s absolutely worth it.